On Jessica and the Other.

As a writer tackling classical work and characters I’ve not had a problem feeling a contemporary resonance in the words, performance, character, form of anything we have produced. Yet, with Jessica In Spring I specifically wanted to address the tone, vitriol and horrendous narrative that has become a part of our politics, our media and our life over the past few years.

Brexit, Trump – 2016 was a year that apart from anything else legitimised voices that Othered. ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ – let’s blame poor people, people with a disability, different gender, immigrants, those who do not look like us. Let us not turn in and look at ourselves, let us not look to work together; let us point fingers and be rude, because that is Presidential, isn’t it?*

So Jessica came out of this place, of giving a voice to this Other – to someone who is Othered by circumstances, birth and also in her choices. Her choice to convert and marry out of her religion gives her some level of acceptance in society but she can never truly become part of the world she has made the choice to ‘join’ because she knows it for the sham it is.  Like those of us who are Othered, she knows much more of the world and her place in it than someone who has never been in that situation. I wanted her to articulate the fierceness that comes with this knowledge.

The concept of privilege is interesting to me because awareness has some bearing upon it but also those who are resolutely unaware often have the most. Jessica is privileged in some ways but she’s also Jewish and a woman in a time where she was legally a chattel of first her father and then her husband. It her experience as the Other experience that rounds her person into who her husband fell in love with – she dares the listener and him to accept her for all she is, shadows and all – rather than a beautiful construct of a good little wife. Ultimately that’s who we all are. People. I think Jessica speaks of that.

In Spring too, we have all these connotations of ‘new life’ and ‘rebirth’ of the year but this can be sad too. She is someone (in our version) who actively embraces this duality. I think her words in voiceover over the moving images works really nicely to communicate this. There are layers to her that she won’t deny.

Jessica In Soulilouqy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

 

So please watch AND listen – both, together, separately. She has something other to say.

 

x Tilly

 

*FFS. No it’s not and I know Orange McOrangeFace won’t read this but omg, ew, what an awful excuse for a human.

Jessica In Spring.

Jessica In Soulilouqy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Know your own shadows.

Performed by Diana Kessler
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T
Jessica In Soulilouquy is a Seasonal Soliloquy.

Music:
Ever Mindful by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Introducing: Diana Kessler as Jessica.

Jessica In Spring is our seasonal souliloquy for the spring months of 2017 – and we are delighted to welcome Diana Kessler into the role. We have recently filmed this lovely piece and it is due to be released before we hit Summer solstice!

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After stints in Berlin and the US, Diana is delighted to now be based in London. She’s performed and produced plays at the English Theatre Berlin, BATS Theatre in Wellington, and the Tristan Bates and Cockpit theatres in London. She trained with Dominic Kelly at the salon:collective and with Mary Docherty in The Actors Class, and is honing her directing skills in The Directors Cut. Diana is excited to be putting her German language skills to use in her current job, where she’s the voice of main character Roshni in the German version of “Jamai Raja”, a popular Indian TV show.

We are delighted to have Diana as part of our In Souliloquy family!

Updated In Souliloquy Team Page!

We’ve done some much needed website admin and as such would like to invite you to look at this round up of people we’ve been collaborating with! Here are our updated castings since Cycle 4!

Projects like this could not happen without the support and dedication of people we work with so much love and thanks to everyone.

More announcements coming soon – it’s a busy second half of the year for us.

 

Mechanicals’ Macbeth: A Witches Extract @ Parkland Pop Up Shakespeare

ET TU: Iachimo & Goneril.

ET TU: Sebastian & Petruchio.

ET TU: Sebastian & Petruchio @ BRIEFS.

Snout In Souliloqy @ Where Do We Go From Here?

Ariel In Winter:

Snout In Souliloquy #GlobalStage #AroundTheWorld

Mechanicals’ Macbeth – A Witches Extract – Rehearsals for Pop Up Shakespeare!

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Not sure we need to post more than our wonderful cast Kate, Jon and Yvan rehearsing in St. James’ Park today. We are very excited to be sharing our scene this coming Sunday and next Tuesday on The Parkland Walk. Come see some lovely Shakespeare for free!

The event is being run by Attila Theatre and is part of the Crouch End Festival! All free – details here: https://www.crouchendfestival.org/events/parkland-walk-pop-up-shakespeare/

Written by Tilly Lunken and William Shakespeare and directed by Victorine Pontillon this extract is part of our early R&D on a full length show.

Introducing: Tom Pepper as Iachimo. #EtTu!

We are excited to announce Tom Pepper as Iachimo for the second dualogue in our Et Tu series. Et Tu: Iachimo & Goneril involves the two minor villains meeting over wine and discussing the finer points of their tragedies and triumphs.

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Tom trained at the Guildford School of Acting, Exeter University and the National Youth Theatre.

His theatre credits include Cohen/Speedy in Yank the Musical (Charing Cross Theatre, West End and Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester), Elvis Horsepole in Andy Capp the Musical (Finborough Theatre), Deputy in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), Custus/Fight Captain in Crazy For You (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Daryl Grady in Curtains (Landor Theatre) and Patrick in Sniper (Upstairs at the Arts Theatre).

Television/Commercial credits include: Drifters, Grandpa in My Pocket, Red Dwarf, Boots Summer and Pringles Summer Taxi.

Other credits include: Frantic Assembly Advanced Workshop Ensemble and Storystock Company (Wilderness Festival)

Tom is really excited to be part of Et Tu – Iachimo & Goneril and hopes you can find a little bit of love for these two infamous villains!

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This piece is currently in post-production and due for release Summer 2017!

Introducing: Jennifer Aries as Goneril. #EtTu

We are excited to announce Jennifer Aries as Goneril for the second instalment of our Et Tu series of dualogues. A daughter of Lear and a Queen in her own right Goneril is meeting Iachimo from Cymbaline to compare notes (and wine) on their legacies and futures.

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Recently completed filming on Sky Atlantic’s “The Tunnel”, Jennifer’s most recent screen appearance was as Mary Cox in “Ripper Street”. From being a series regular in BAFTA nominated comedy sketch show “Little Miss Jocelyn” to a plot pivotal character in Charlie Brooker’s “Dead Set”, Jennifer has enjoyed some great jobs in popular TV shows. Having done her time up in Edinburgh, and part of a creative collective “The Director’s Cut” she enjoys collaboration and new writing, performing regularly in showcases of new material with fresh talent & rehearsed readings. Her creative inspirations and idols are Julia Davis and Steve Coogan, and a job with either of these would be a dream come true! She is currently working on her short film with a view to entering it into next year’s festivals.

Et Tu: Iachimo and Goneril is currently in post production and coming soon in Summer 2017!